Uvalde: Another Unspeakable Tragedy: How “We the People” Are So Afraid of Change

by Devi Chandran(’24) and Jaxson Kaplan-Rudolph(’25) WARNING: GRAPHIC AND POSSIBLY TRIGGERING CONTENT Image caption: 24 May 2022, Uvalde, Texas. People mourn outside Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported after the shooting. Image credit to The Globe and Mail. “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”  Words that are horrific as they seem, have lost their impact. The shock factor has … Continue reading Uvalde: Another Unspeakable Tragedy: How “We the People” Are So Afraid of Change

International Academy PTIA Meeting: April 6th, 2022

Reporting by Leah Raymond (’22) The movement to approve the minutes from the last meeting passed with no adjustments. Business Coalition Update: Katja FischerThe responses received so far from the parents of the school have been very encouraging.  Mr. Tecmire is working on pairing club leaders with business leaders for future implementation.  There is a possibility that the Coalition will go into effect this year, … Continue reading International Academy PTIA Meeting: April 6th, 2022

The Return of the IASA Show

The annual IASA show made a big return Saturday after limited festivities last year. This year’s show, “Saath O Saath,” featured an alluring and glamorous collaboration between the Indian American Student Associations of both West and Central. The show opened with emcees from West, Lucas Poota and Rikhil Sankati. After a heartwarming performance of the American national anthem, Sanjana Kandiraju (’22) sang the Indian national … Continue reading The Return of the IASA Show

Perspective

By Giulia Pincetti (’24) Ever since I was little I have been taught that every story doesn’t have one side, it is multi-dimensional. A simple sound or movement made by the smallest or largest of people can be perceived in millions of different ways, all slightly unique and different. Maybe this is because we all can’t sit in the same spot at the same moment … Continue reading Perspective

Digital Technologies: Are They Hindering Our Ability to Focus?

By Aadit Jain (‘23) The New York Times reports that the “typical American worker focuses on a given task for just three minutes” (Schwartz). This should actually come as no surprise as the article further reports that the average person touches their phone 2,000 times every day and spends 3 hours on them.  The article also features a conversation with Johann Hari, the author of … Continue reading Digital Technologies: Are They Hindering Our Ability to Focus?

Positivity Pinpoint: Halo and Horns Effect

By Devi Chandran (‘24) Who would you hire?  Kaitlin is a 25-year-old graduate from Brown University and has  a major in business with a minor in communications. Friends often describe her as outgoing, likeable, confident, and driven. As a valedictorian of her high school class, Kaitlin was notably able to start college as a sophomore. Due to a strong passion for charity work, she then … Continue reading Positivity Pinpoint: Halo and Horns Effect

Review: Billie Eilish is eclectic, breathy, sarcastic and mature on Happier Than Ever, a body of work that dismantles toxic masculinity and discusses the significance of growing up and evolving.

By Mira Sripada (‘22) Billie Eilish, at just 19-years-old and with the help of her older brother Finneas O’Connell, constructed a completely unique and inventive genre of music meant only for her exceedingly soft and breathy voice. Through her career, which began at age thirteen with the release of the song “ocean eyes”, Eilish has been a nonstop risk-taker, constantly redefining her sound and pushing … Continue reading Review: Billie Eilish is eclectic, breathy, sarcastic and mature on Happier Than Ever, a body of work that dismantles toxic masculinity and discusses the significance of growing up and evolving.

Opinion: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill is a Continuation of LGBTQ Erasure in America

By Jaxson K.R (’25) As many of you may know, the Florida legislature recently passed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, better known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This bill directly states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate … Continue reading Opinion: Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill is a Continuation of LGBTQ Erasure in America

International Academy Student Senate Meeting: March 2nd, 2022

Reporting by Leah Raymond (’22) About The Student Senate is a group of student leaders throughout the International Academy coming together to discuss the ways in which the community can work together to make the IA a happier and healthier environment for the student body. Goals A positive climate and culture Student leadership supporting other leadership efforts Supporting student successes Building an inclusive community of … Continue reading International Academy Student Senate Meeting: March 2nd, 2022

International Academy Governance Council Meeting: February 16th, 2022

In Attendance Avondale School District, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Birmingham Public Schools, Huron Valley School District, Rochester Community Schools, Troy School District Public Comment There was no public comment on agenda items. The movement to approve the agenda passed. The movement to approve the minutes from the October 22nd meeting passed with no adjustments. Service Learning at IA – Making an Impact: Lisa Belotti The UN … Continue reading International Academy Governance Council Meeting: February 16th, 2022